Christmas has officially come to town. Now that Grainger street is decked out from head to toe with fairy lights, and the queue for the Fenwick’s window continues to grow down Northumberland street, the countdown has begun.
This year has seen the return of the infamous Newcastle Christmas Market; however, the council has put an unusual twist on the seasonal celebration. For 2018 there has been a fusion between the local trader’s market and the international bazaar as the Geordie’s are seated alongside their cosmopolitan neighbours. The market opened on November 16th and will remain at the heart of the city centre till the 16th December. This year has seen an eruption in fluffy jumpers, mulled wine and gingerbread tucked neatly under Monument to fill us all with Christmas cheer as we revel in this time of year.
The wafting smells of syrups, spices and sweets will quickly entice you toward the cosy shacks dressed in holly as food from Greece, Indonesia and even Yorkshire, graces the streets of Newcastle. There have been two new arrivals this year as Yorkshire pudding wraps, and Halloumi Fries have been drawing in customers of all ages. Alternatively, the return of the churros, crepes and exotic Indian delights have sent taste buds into overload. The cuisine remains affordable for smaller items such as pastries and chocolate treats and stays lower than £5. Although, larger meals and snacks such as Gyros or bubble wraps stretch to a slightly more expensive price yet remain under £10. As a student, you may not be able to rely on the market for an affordable treat every day of the week. However, it is justifiable to splash the cash on a one-off trip to the market which will save you from cooking one out of the seven nights this week.
This year the market is kitted out to provide the perfect bevy for you whatever you’re poison. Whether you adore a Baileys, a hot chocolate, or maybe you’re the type to merge the two together, this market is the perfect place for you. There are rows upon rows of gins, wines and even beers this year for those of you who like a stronger drink. Those of you who prefer a caffeinated kick the quaint Coffee Express can provide you with that toasty hot chocolate you’ve been lusting for. Whether you fancy a gin or a gingerbread latte this year’s market will give you a drink worth toasting.
Tis the time of the year when gifting season has arrived and you have a list of presents to buy for your flatmates, course mates and your friends and family back home. Don’t be filled with dread when you realise you have to buy a secret Santa either because the market is full to the brim with quirky bits and bobs. Whether you fancy buying a personalised bauble, or a cosy bobble hat there are so many weird and wonderful gifts to choose from.
The countdown continues as we hand over essays and finally vacate the Robinson library. Although, before you rush home to cuddle up and watch the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special with your family you should use this time to visit the market one afternoon with your nearest and dearest from the toon.